Warning to Birders. This blog is mostly about photography, and lighting techniques and fanning the creative juices. CLICK AWAY NOW! You have been warned.
My current mentor and I have been playing with the thought, “What if you’ve taken your last “GREAT” photograph.” ;-(
Not one that is technically correct. Used the right lens, got the shutterspeed-iso-aperture worked out. The exposure is dead on. The subject is all as it should be. No need for massive post-production. Not that sort of Great.
But, y’know, Great!
And image that purely by subject/time/lighting/emotional appeal reaches out beyond the frame and the viewer “gets it”. The ones that sometimes we bleed over or travel miles for, or just happens to occur when we walk out the door. You, subject, lighting, mood, atmosphere and feeling all make their stamp on the moment and its, “Great”. Not the one that gets more “Likes” on Facebook, or more “Favs” on Flickr. But one that in a timeless manner somehow moves the thought you saw at the moment to the viewer’s mind and they not only identify but also imbibe.
Y’know like McCurry’s Pic of the Green-eyed Afghan girl on the cover of Nat Geo. Still get shivers when I recall how I first noticed that photo in the news agents rack when I’d wandered in off the street. It was the only magazine in the entire rack that stole my heart away.
I’ve faced some big lighting challenges over the years. Buildings at first or last light. Vehicles in the moody pre-dawn. Brides and Grooms in the midday sun. Chrome laundry bowls on white gloss metal stand. And in all cases the same principles apply.
I had the good fortune to have been trained at one stage by the best.
Dean Collins. Master of Light. —A title he most justifiably deserved.
“He taught us to not only see the light, but to move it, bend it and most importantly control it, no matter where or when we were creating images” tricolorlabs.com
At one seminar Dean showed a 3 foot by 5 foot print of a portrait of Natalie Wood, taken just before her death. No matter where you stood in the room, her beauty shone from the wall. A truly stunning portrait.
So the other evening when the challenge came, I was fascinated how the various elements came together.
Gotta few minutes?
Here we go.